2011-12 UMBC Men's Swimming and Diving News

July 24, 2012
UMBC Natatorium to Get a Makeover
BALTIMORE – For the first time in forty years, the UMBC Natatorium is receiving a major upgrade, Senior Associate Athletic Director Gary Wohlstetter announced on Tuesday.

July 23, 2012
UMBC Swimming and Diving Announces 2012-13 Schedule
BALTIMORE – Looking to reclaim the America East titles, the UMBC swimming and diving teams have put together a challenging dual meet season schedule, head coach Chad Cradock announced Monday.

June 28, 2012
Husson Places 99th in the 200m Breast at US Olympic Trials
OMAHA, Neb. – UMBC swimming and diving rising junior Patrick Husson (Camp Springs, Md./DeMatha) finished in 99th place out of 132 swimmers in the 200-meter breaststroke at the US Olympic Trials, Thursday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center.

May 22, 2012
Hussein Breaks Egyptian National Record, Qualifies for 2012 Summer Olympics in the 200 IM
AUBURN, Ala. – UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) took first place, broke the Egyptian national record and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 200m IM Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Classic at the Martin Aquatics Center.

April 27, 2012
De Waal, Hussein and Kotonias Named Honorable Mentions on the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American List
SOMERS, Wisc. – UMBC swimming and diving juniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State), Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) were each named as Mid-Major All-American honorable mentions by CollegeSwimming.com, the website announced Friday afternoon.

April 12, 2012
Eckhoff and Kurowski Named America East Winter Scholar-Athletes
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and women’s basketball senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) have been named America East Scholar-Athletes for the 2011-12 winter season, the conference office announced on Thursday.

April 6, 2012
Rob Bellamy Named Assistant Coach for UMBC Swimming and Diving
BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock announced that Rob Bellamy will join the Retriever staff as an assistant coach. Bellamy fills the position left by the departure of UMBC Hall of Famer Brad Green who coached one year at his alma mater.

March 28, 2012
Three Retrievers Going for the Gold in London
BALTIMORE, Md. – Three UMBC swimming and diving athletes have qualified for their respective country’s Olympic Trials and will be attempting to join the national team for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games to be held in London, England.

March 14, 2012
Three Retrievers Earn a Spot on the America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three UMBC swimming and diving athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

March 10, 2012
Eckhoff Picks up Top 20 Finish at NCAA Zones Meet
BUFFALO, N.Y. – UMBC junior diver Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) became the first athlete since Jeff Salgado in 2007, to compete in the NCAA Zones meet, Friday and Saturday afternoon at the University of Buffalo Pool and Natatorium.

February 26, 2012
Men and Women Both Claim Second at 2012 America East Swimming and Diving Championships
BOSTON – Both the men’s and women’s UMBC swimming and diving teams placed second at the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving Championships held at Boston University’s Aquatics Center on Sunday.

February 25, 2012
Eckhoff Sweeps Diving Events With 3-Meter Win; Men and Women Both in 2nd After America East Championships Day Three
BOSTON, MASS. – Both the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams sit in second place heading into the final day at the America East Championships following multiple wins on Saturday evening.

February 24, 2012
Hussein Breaks Record as Men Sit in Second; Women in Third after Day Two at America East Championships
BOSTON, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams each picked up individual wins on Friday at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships at Boston University’s Aquatics Center.

February 23, 2012
Divers Give Men the Lead on Day One at America East Championships; Women Tied for First
BOSTON, MASS. – UMBC men’s swimming and diving team took first and second in the 1-meter diving competition to give the Retrievers’ the lead with 111 points after day one at the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving Championships.

February 22, 2012
Swimming and Diving Heads to Boston Looking to Sweep America East Championships for Second Straight Year
BALTIMORE, MD. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams travel to Boston this weekend for the America East Championships held at Boston University.

February 17, 2012
Swimming and Diving Junior Mohamed Hussein voted UMBC Athlete of the Month for January
BALTIMORE, MD. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) was named UMBC’s Athlete of the Month for January 2012 in a poll conducted from Feb. 10-17.

February 14, 2012
Retrievers Sweep Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams swept the weekly America East awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

February 13, 2012
Eckhoff Breaks School Record at Drexel, Swimming Competes at Terrapin Invitational
BALTIMORE, MD. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) smashed his own UMBC record in the 3-mtr competition, while sweeping both diving competition at Drexel.

February 8, 2012
Hussein Claims Second America East Swimming Award in Three Weeks
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) was named the America East Male Swimmer of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

February 4, 2012
Swimming and Diving Defeats LaSalle, Falls to Penn
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Competing in their second straight tri-dual meet, the UMBC swimming and diving teams defeated LaSalle, but fell to Penn, Saturday afternoon Sheerr Pool.

January 24, 2012
Three Retrievers Earn Weekly America East Swimming and Diving Honors
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving team earned three America East weekly performance awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

January 21, 2012
Swimming and Diving Sweeps Loyola, Splits with Towson on Senior/Alumni Day
BALTIMORE, MD. – The UMBC swimming and diving team swept local rival Loyola and split with Towson during Senior Day on Saturday at the UMBC Natatorium.

January 20, 2012
Swimming and Diving Hosts Local Rivals Loyola and Towson for Senior/Alumni Day
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams will play host to local rivals Loyola and Towson on Saturday as a part of Senior and Alumni Day celebrations at the UMBC Natatorium.

January 17, 2012
Eckhoff Named America East Diver of the Week for Fourth Time in 2011-12
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was named the America East Male Diver of the Week for the fourth time this season, the conference announced on Tuesday.

January 14, 2012
Swimming and Diving Eases Into 2012 With Sweep of Howard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In their first competitive meet since the Patriot Invitational back in November, the UMBC swimming and diving teams started the 2012 calendar year with a sweep of Howard at Burr Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

January 13, 2012
Swimming and Diving Begins 2012 With a Trip to Washington, D.C.
BALTIMORE – After more than a month break from competition, the UMBC swimming and diving teams travel to Washington, D.C. Saturday to begin 2012 with a meet at Howard.

December 15, 2011
Men No. 13, Women No. 17 in Latest CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings
BALTIMORE – The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team is ranked no. 13 and the women’s team is ranked no. 17 in the second collegeswimming.com poll, the website announced on Thursday.

December 8, 2011
Swimming and Diving Standout Pierre De Waal Voted UMBC Athlete of the Month for November
BALTIMORE—Junior swimmer Pierre De Waal (Petroia, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) of the men’s swimming and diving team was named UMBC’s Athlete of the Month for November 2011 in a poll of fans conducted from Dec. 1-7.

November 22, 2011
McKenney and De Waal Sweep Weekly Swimming Awards
CAMRBIDGE, MASS. – UMBC senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del/Brandywine) and junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) took home top honors as America East Female and Male Swimmers of the Week, respectively, the conference announced on Tuesday. This is the second weekly honor of the season for both swimmers.

November 19, 2011
Alive and Well: Swimming and Diving Sweeps Patriot Invitational to Continue Streak
FAIRFAX, VA. – The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams picked up six more wins and broke three more meet records Saturday to sweep the Patriot Invitational on the third and final day at George Mason.

November 18, 2011
Multiple Wins Keep Swimming and Diving on Top at Patriot Invitational
FAIRFAX, VA. – UMBC senior swimmer Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) broke the Patriot Invitational record and set a school-record in the 100-yard back (56.17) and helped the 800 free relay (7:30.80) set a meet mark as both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams extended their leads at the three day meet at George Mason University.

November 17, 2011
Both Swimming and Diving Teams Named in First Top-25 Mid-Major Rankings
BALTIMORE – Both the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were ranked among the top-25 mid-major teams in the first poll released by Collegeswimming.com, the website announced on Thursday.

November 17, 2011
Swimming and Diving Leads After Day One at Patriot Invitational
FAIRFAX, VA. – The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed day one of the Patriot Invitational at George Mason with the lead.

November 16, 2011
Swimming and Diving Teams Look to Repeat at Patriot Invitational
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams head to Fairfax, Va. tomorrow looking to repeat as overall champions at the Patriot Invitational hosted by George Mason University.

November 12, 2011
De Waal Wins Three Events, But Swimming and Diving Falls to Maryland
College Park, Md. – Junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) picked up three individual wins, but the UMBC swimming and diving teams were swept by in-state rival Maryland Saturday afternoon at the Eppley Recreation Center.

November 11, 2011
Retrievers Head South on 95 to Take on Terps on Saturday
BALTIMORE – After two straight home meets, the UMBC swimming and diving teams will make a short road trip down to College Park, Md. on Saturday to take on Maryland.

November 8, 2011
Swimming and Diving Standout Andrew Eckhoff Voted UMBC Athlete of the Month for October
BALTIMORE—Junior diver Andrew Eckhoff of the men’s swimming and diving team was named UMBC’s Athlete of the Month for October 2011 in a poll of fans conducted from Nov. 1-7.

November 1, 2011
Eckhoff and Kaei Sweep Weekly America East Male Swimming and Diving Awards
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team swept the America East awards this week as senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was named Diver of the Week and freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallin Secondary Science) was named Swimmer of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon.

October 29, 2011
Eckhoff Smashes 3-Meter Mark; Swimming and Diving Cruises Past George Washington
BALTIMORE—The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept George Washington in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Natatorium.

October 25, 2011
McKenney Named America East Swimmer of the Week; Eckhoff Wins Diver of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC swimming and diving senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) was named America East Female Swimmer of the Week and junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was named Male Diver of the Week for the third week of the season, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon.

October 21, 2011
Relays Set Season-Best Times, But Swimming and Diving Swept By Navy
BALTIMORE – UMBC’s Swimming and Diving Team set season-best times in three different relays and senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) won three events, but both the men (157-132) and women (150-144) lost to Navy Friday night at the UMBC Natatorium.

October 18, 2011
De Waal Named America East Male Swimmer of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) was name America East Male Swimmer of the Week for the second week of the season, the conference announced on Tuesday.

October 16, 2011
Swimming and Diving Sweeps Rider
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) got her final season off to a great start and the women's 200-yard freestyle relay followed suit, both setting new pool records as a part of UMBC swimming and diving's sweep of Rider Saturday afternoon at the Coppola Pool and Maurer Center.

October 14, 2011
Swimming and Diving Focuses on Depth to Repeat as Conference Champs; Season Begins Saturday at Rider
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams begin their seasons this Saturday when the men and women travel to New Jersey to face Rider in the first regular season dual meet.

October 12, 2011
Cradock to Stay in Baltimore Through 2014-2015 School Year
BALTIMORE – UMBC head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock has received a three-year contract extension through the 2014-2015 academic year, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced.

October 11, 2011
Rohtla, Eckhoff Win First America East Weekly Awards of the Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) was named America East Male Swimmer of the Week, while junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was named Male Diver of the Week for the first week of the season, the conference announced Tuesday.

October 5, 2011
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Favored to Win America East Championships
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been picked to repeat as America East champions in the 2011 preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced Wednesday.

October 1, 2011
Swimming and Diving Wins 21 Events in Season-Opening Meet at Bucknell
LEWISBURG, Pa.—The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their 2011-12 season with a non-scored meet at Bucknell on Saturday, winning 21 of 44 events.

August 11, 2011
Swimming and Diving Announces Captains, Schedules for 2011-12 Campaign
BALTIMORE—Seniors Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), John Mendenhall (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East), Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and Ben Wolbert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) and junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsburg, Mass./Chelmsburg) have been named captains for the 2011-12 season, head coach Chad Cradock announced today.